Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Chevrolet Camaro VS 2014 Dodge Challenger Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 Chevrolet Camaro

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2014 Dodge Challenger

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Camaro’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Dodge Challenger doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

The Chevrolet Camaro has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Challenger doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Camaro (except LS) offers optional Rear Park Assist to help warn drivers about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind their vehicle. The Camaro (except LS) also offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Challenger doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

The Camaro has standard OnStar ®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Challenger doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Camaro and the Challenger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Camaro is safer than the Dodge Challenger:

Camaro

Challenger

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

121

157

Neck Injury Risk

24%

28%

Neck Stress

175 lbs.

250 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

31%

40%

Leg Forces (l/r)

37/47 lbs.

52/151 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Camaro is safer than the Dodge Challenger:

Camaro

Challenger

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Abdominal Force

196 G’s

400 G’s

Hip Force

355 lbs.

463 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

44 G’s

46 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

2 Stars

Max Damage Depth

16 inches

17 inches

HIC

317

383

Spine Acceleration

45 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

593 lbs.

1242 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Camaro, with its five-star roll-over rating, is 2.3% less likely to roll over than the Challenger, which received a four-star rating.

Warranty Comparison

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The Camaro’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Challenger’s (6/100,000 vs. 5/100,000).

Chevrolet pays for scheduled maintenance on the Camaro for 2 years and 24,000 miles. Chevrolet will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Dodge doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Challenger.

There are over 43 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are Dodge dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Camaro’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Chevrolet Camaro V6’s reliability will be 11% better than the Challenger.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Camaro first among midsize sporty cars in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Challenger isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 33 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 65 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 31st.

Engine Comparison

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The Camaro has more powerful engines than the Challenger:

Horsepower

Torque

Camaro LS/LT 3.6 DOHC V6

323 HP

278 lbs.-ft.

Camaro SS Automatic 6.2 V8

400 HP

410 lbs.-ft.

Camaro SS Manual 6.2 V8

426 HP

420 lbs.-ft.

Camaro Z/28 7.0 LS7 V8

505 HP

481 lbs.-ft.

Camaro ZL1 6.2 supercharged V8

580 HP

556 lbs.-ft.

Challenger 3.6 DOHC V6

305 HP

268 lbs.-ft.

Challenger R/T automatic 5.7 V8

372 HP

400 lbs.-ft.

Challenger R/T manual 5.7 V8

375 HP

410 lbs.-ft.

Challenger SRT 6.4 V8

470 HP

470 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Camaro is faster than the Dodge Challenger (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro SS

Camaro Z/28

Challenger R/T

Challenger SRT

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

4 sec

5 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.7 sec

12.3 sec

13.5 sec

13 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

111.8 MPH

117.2 MPH

105.9 MPH

111.3 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro ZL1 is faster than the Challenger SRT (manual transmissions tested):

Camaro

Challenger

Zero to 60 MPH

3.8 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

12.1 sec

13 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

117.4 MPH

111.3 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Camaro V6 is faster than the Dodge Challenger V6 (automatics tested):

Camaro

Challenger

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

6.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.6 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.3 MPH

94.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Camaro gets better fuel mileage than the Challenger:

Camaro

Challenger

V6/Manual

17 city/28 hwy

n/a

6.2 V8/Manual

16 city/24 hwy

15 city/23 hwy

5.7 V8

V6/Auto

19 city/30 hwy

18 city/27 hwy

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Camaro Z/28’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Challenger:

Camaro LS/LT

Camaro Z/28

Challenger SXT

Challenger SRT

Front Rotors

12.64 inches

15.5 inches

12.6 inches

14.2 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

15.3 inches

12.6 inches

13.8 inches

The Camaro’s brakes have 26% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Challenger with its standard brakes (659 vs. 523 square inches), so the Camaro has more braking power available.

The Camaro’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Challenger SXT are solid, not vented.

The Camaro Z/28 has standard heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Challenger doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Camaro stops much shorter than the Challenger:

Camaro

Challenger

80 to 0 MPH

187 feet

198 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

150 feet

160 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

97 feet

118 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Camaro has larger standard tires than the Challenger (245/55R18 vs. 235/55R18). The Camaro Z/28’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Challenger (305/30R19 vs. 245/45R20).

The Camaro’s standard 245/45R20 front and 275/40R20 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Challenger’s standard 55 series tires. The Camaro Z/28’s tires have a lower 30 series profile than the Challenger SRT-8’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Camaro offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Challenger’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Camaro is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Challenger.

The Camaro Z/28 handles at 1.06 G’s, while the Challenger SXT pulls only .85 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Camaro ZL1 Coupe goes through Road & Track’s slalom 4.2 MPH faster than the Challenger SRT (72.9 vs. 68.7 MPH).

The Camaro Z/28 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Challenger SRT (23.6 seconds @ .84 average G’s vs. 25.6 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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The Camaro is 7.1 inches shorter than the Challenger, making the Camaro easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Road & Track, the interior of the Camaro SS Coupe is quieter than the Challenger SRT:

Camaro

Challenger

At idle

45 dB

61 dB

50 MPH Cruising

64 dB

71 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

73 dB

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Camaro (except LS) offers an available heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Challenger doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Camaro has a lever hand brake in the console, easy to use while keeping both feet free and not impeding entry and exit. The Challenger’s foot pedal parking brake is not handy to use as a hill holding device with a manual transmission.

The Camaro’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Challenger’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

The Camaro has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Challenger only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Camaro offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Challenger offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Standard Chevrolet MyLink for the Camaro LT/SS/ZL1 allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Challenger doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Camaro, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Challenger.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Camaro is less expensive to operate than the Challenger because typical repairs cost much less on the Camaro than the Challenger, including $31 less for a fuel pump, $56 less for front struts and $541 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. The Chevrolet Camaro is ranked above average in the Specialty Coupe category. The Dodge Challenger is ranked below average.

The Camaro ZL1 was chosen as one of Automobile Magazine’s “All Stars” in 2013. The Challenger has never been an “All Star.”

The Camaro ZL1 was selected by Automobile Magazine as their 2010 Car of the Year. The Challenger has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Camaro outsold the Dodge Challenger by 57% during 2013.

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